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Advances to a Computer Model Used in the Simulation and Optimization of Heat Exchangers

dc.contributor.advisorRadermacher, Reinharden_US
dc.contributor.authorSchwentker, Robert Andrewen_US
dc.description.abstractHeat exchangers play an important role in a variety of energy conversion applications. They have a significant impact on the energy efficiency, cost, size, and weight of energy conversion systems. CoilDesigner is a software program introduced by Jiang (2003) for simulating and optimizing heat exchangers. This thesis details advances that have been made to CoilDesigner to increase its accuracy, flexibility, and usability. CoilDesigner now has the capability of modeling wire-and-tube condensers under both natural and forced convection conditions on the air side. A model for flat tube heat exchangers of the type used in automotive applications has also been developed. Void fraction models have been included to aid in the calculation of charge. In addition, the ability to model oil retention and oil's effects on fluid flow and heat transfer has been included. CoilDesigner predictions have been validated with experimental data and heat exchanger optimization studies have been performed.en_US
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dc.titleAdvances to a Computer Model Used in the Simulation and Optimization of Heat Exchangersen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMechanical Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineering, Mechanicalen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledHeat Exchangeren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledVoid fractionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledWire-and-Tube Condenseren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledHeat Transfer Coefficienten_US

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